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Record 1,500 take part in Porthcawl Christmas swim

Organisers say a record 1,500 swimmers took a dip in the sea as part of Porthcawl's Christmas Morning Swim.

The crowds flocked to Sandy Bay beach in fine weather this morning. Credit: Owen Richards / Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

A further 3,000 spectators are estimated to have watched on.

Swimmers braved the cold water in a range of Christmas fancy dress outfits. Credit: Owen Richards / Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

The event is marking its 50th anniversary, and raises money for a number of local charities and organisations.


Swimmers brave water in Porthcawl on Christmas morning

Many swimmers wore fancy dress as they took to the water. Credit: Wales News Service

Huge crowds have turned out for the Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim.

Swimmers braved the cold sea water at Porthcawl. Credit: Wales News Service

The event is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and raising money for local charities and projects.

The event is raising money for a number of charities and local projects. Credit: Wales News Service

Snow warning across most of Wales for Boxing Day

It is due to arrive at little late for a white Christmas, but snow has been forecast across large parts of Wales on Boxing Day.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow, from 11am tomorrow, covering North and Mid Wales, and parts of South Wales.

The South West is the only part of Wales the snow warning doesn't reach. Credit: Met Office

Yellow is the lowest type of severe weather warning, but the Met Office says that, where snow does occur, accumulations of 2 to 4cm are likely, even to lower levels, and more than 10cm of snow is possible in places.

Over 1,000 expected for 50th Porthcawl Christmas swim

More than 1,000 people are expected to brave the cold sea later, as Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim marks its 50th anniversary.

Fancy dress is encouraged for those daring to take part. Credit: Amie Lipley / Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

Organisers are hoping for a record attendance, at what is now one of the UK's largest festive swims.

Swimmers are due to gather from 10.30am - before the official start at the top of the beach at 11.45am.

Around 1,000 people took part last year - and organisers expect even more today. Credit: Amie Lipley / Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

The event is raising money for a series of charities and local projects.


Two arrests after 'Cheeky' the Cwmbran donkey injured

Two teenagers from Cwmbran have been arrested after a donkey at a local community farm was discovered with puncture wounds last month.

Cheeky the donkey has received well-wishes from as far away as New Zealand, America and Tanzania. Credit: Gwent Police

The 22-year-old animal, named Cheeky, is back at Greenmeadow Community Farm, where she is recovering from injuries to both hind legs, her abdomen and neck.

Gwent Police said two 17-year-old boys have been arrested and bailed.

Officers are continuing to appeal for information about the incident, which they believe took place between 5pm on Friday 28th November and 8am on Saturday 29th November.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police using the 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting log 136 29/11/14.

Top 10 Christmas-themed streets in Wales revealed

The most popular Christmas-themed streets in Wales have been revealed by the Royal Mail.

The top 10 festive words appearing in street names here are: Holly, Angel, Mary, Bell, Festival, Bethlehem, Comet, Gold, Star and Evergreen.

Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

The UK has around 3,400 Christmas-themed street names, according to the Royal Mail's findings.

They include Christmas Street, Reindeer Road, Tinsel Lane and Rudolph Road - plus the rather marvellous Christmas Pie Avenue.

Holly Street is the most popular UK-wide, with almost 1,000 listings, while the Midlands has the most festive-themed street names of all the UK regions.

We decided to find out how well Christmas themes were represented on street names.

The team came up with a number of words closely linked to Christmas, drew up a shortlist and began to investigate.

We found the Christmas theme was very well represented and we had a lot of fun doing it.

– Steve Rooney, head of Royal Mail's Address Management Unit
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